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The Awesome and Ethical Implications of Genomics for Mental Health

Denny_M_Info-PicSince the discovery of the structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) by Francis Crick and James D. Watson in 1953 the promise of identifying the genetic causes of diseases has tantalized clinicians and researchers. The Human Genome Project, completed in 2003, mapped the entire human genetic structure and only heightened these expectations.

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Sandy Hook, Violence and Mental Illness

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Sandy Hook, Violence and Mental Illness

Jan. 22, 2013

n my last blog, I agreed to further discuss the topic of risk management. However that was before the tragic events in Sandy Hook. While discussing this event is still addressing the issue of risk, I’d really like to focus on the current debate regarding guns and the role of mental illness and violence. Continue reading Sandy Hook, Violence and Mental Illness

Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

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Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

July 13, 2012

In the acute medical world an outcomes-driven model of delivering care has been very successful. I believe the same will hold true for the behavioral healthcare world. In a behavioral health setting a diagnosis is likely more of a categorization of groups, and outcomes will be generally measured along one or more of three dimensions: symptomology, functionality and satisfaction. So outcomes reporting might look like, “For depressed patients, 87% showed improved mood when seen by Dr. Jones” or “ at one year post treatment, 67% of people with a serious mental illness who attended program Y were still employed”. Continue reading Outcomes-Driven Model of Delivering Care in a Behavioral Health World

Interoperability vs. Confidentiality

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Interoperability versus Confidentiality

June 4, 2012

This is my first blog post and I’ve ruminated about what to write for several weeks. After much thought, it occurred to me that one of the biggest conundrums facing the behavioral industry these days is the challenge of Interoperability versus Confidentiality. So, let’s take a few minutes to explore this issue. Continue reading Interoperability vs. Confidentiality